There are a lot of scaevola varieties you can easily plant in your garden. Fan flower plant is not only better but excellent. The fan flower plant is native to Aussie and it produces pretty blossoms. Growing scaevola flower require warm, sunny conditions and good drainage and aeration. Fan flower plant can tolerate brief periods of drought but tend to produce fewer blooms in humid regions. Continue reading to learn how to grow fan flower plant.


Is Fairy Fan Flower a Perennial?

Fairy fan flower is an evergreen perennial and is known by its botanical name Scaevola aemula.  Fan flower is in the Goodeniaceae family. Fairy fan flower are mostly herb and shrub plants native to Australia and New Guinea. The plant’s Latin name means ‘left-handed,’ referring to the one-sided nature of the blooms. The plants are hardy, tolerant plants that are suitable for containers, hanging baskets, rockeries, or just dotted around the flower garden. Gardeners who seek a relatively unfussy, non-stop bloomer for many areas of the landscape should try scaevola flower. Fairy fan flower have been extensively hybridized, providing various colors and forms for the discerning green thumb. Fan flower plant are perennials in USDA zones nine to eleven but must be grown as annuals elsewhere.   

The fairy fan flower usually gets only eight to ten inches tall with thick stems and leaves and dentate margins. The blooms arrive all summer and are they fan shaped, and most commonly blue but also come in pink and white. Fairy fan flower spread out up to twenty inches, which makes them attractive groundcovers in well-drained soil.


 Scaevola Propagation

The fairy fan flower seeds of most hybrids is sterile and, therefore, not suitable for starting new plants. Even those that actually do produce viable seed are protected by royalty rights and must be propagated asexually. The most common method of scaevola propagation is through stem cuttings. One of the best soils for growing fairy fan flower is loose, sandy media amended with compost or organic additions. Place the cuttings in sand to root and then move them to the amended soil. The cuttings actually need to be kept moderately moist in a warm location. Make sure you avoid southern and western exposures, as these can be too bright and hot for the fairy fan flower.


Caring for Fairy Fan Flower

Fairy fan flower cannot tolerate freezing temperatures and will die if exposed to cold. Temperatures below forty degrees Fahrenheit will cause slow growth and eventually die back. Provide about 8 hours of sunlight per day. Water the plant regularly, but you need to make sure the plant is in loose soil, as the plant does not perform well in boggy areas. You can pinch back new growth if it gets leggy to force thicker plants. Also remove weed competitors around the plants. Most perennial plants actually benefit from fertilizer applied in spring just as new growth commences. Caring for fairy fan flower in northern climates may necessitate a later start outside. Wait until soil warms up to at least sixty degrees Fahrenheit and daily lighting is bright enough. Scaevola flower info on the internet actually indicates that it is an excellent plant for desert climates but grow it in winter. This will ensure the warm, but not blistering, level of heat the scaevola flower requires. Actually with proper care the fairy fan flower will delight you with its tiny blooms from late spring until the end of the summer season.

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